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Pondering Life Paperback – May 6, 2012
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Since his early years of education, Sheedy has been committed to learning. His scholarship has never wavered! As an outstanding optometrist, internationally acclaimed vision scientist, top in his field research specialist, @home consortium, visual system in virtual 3D, vision ergonomics, teacher, lecturer, public speaker and professor, whose writings and publications are in abundance over internet media and other venues. He is one of the greatest intellects of our time! He is a true humanitarian, lifetime student, learner, avid reader and profound thinker.
Sheedy is imbued with accuracy from a scientific intelligent mind. Wide ranging and broad are his accomplishments and contributions to society. He believes the purpose of science is to serve the well being of humanity. Dr. Ergo, with his professional and intellectual Detroit fostered confidence and success...is ongoing! His career is a masterpiece of concentration with enthusiasm! His ease with science is evident. He is a vast storehouse of knowledge. He transitions from that to a true life scholar and philosopher whose fullest tide will never be completely absorbed! He moves slowly from excellence to excellence in a profoundly different ocean of feelings and expressions. As he thinks and writes...it all becomes poetic in delivery!
With his book "Pondering Life", Sheedy has profoundly impacted students, peers, colleagues, family and friends! A fascinating collection of thoughts from emotions, left brain, right brain, our sense of self and how we perceive the life we are living. He has a hungry and curious Gemini mind! His writings are infinitely intelligent, compelling and thought provoking! In this book, he relates to mankind of the past, as bodies of tried and true reason. Then he lets his own retrospective experience filter in. He invites us to challenge all our preconceived notions. He has the ability to inspire others to think on their own. This is the greatest skill of a natural born leader! Sheedy's book is perhaps twofold. Firstly, the book is inspiring, helpful, while providing a clear blueprint for each reader about how life on our planet developed. Secondly, the book is used to encourage and to stimulate us to think and ponder greatly all things on our own.
Sheedy is the visionary behind his writing. He gives us tools and resources for discovering profoundly more in the depth of self thought. He knows that his science is a noble pursuit! It has required a great and lasting loyalty and dedication! Sheedy provides much more than his researched theories or conclusions from his laboratory. He curiously branches out in search of a more heartfelt profound truth. It ends up being a fifteen year long endeavor.
As science and religion often collide, Sheedy request that we not box ourselves in. He suggest that we honor and respect the beliefs of others all the while finding our own truth. He writes confidently that we will find it! He reminds us that there is an academic, philosophical, theological, spiritual and deeply rooted heart side to living! Humanity will endure! He encourages us to think, relate, experience, question, learn and grow into exploring and reaching out to our own truth in living.
Dr. Ergo is aware that his science has more than plenty to be humble about. He is willing to look past the point that most great scientist dare to look...into the kind face of life's sweetest riches! He applies much more than basic scientific knowledge, insight and understanding. He intuitively knows there are many things beyond science! He transforms from scientist into world philosopher and finds the explanation of truth depends also on identifying things that
absolutely don't make sense! He knows just like all the great doctors and scientists of our time, the never-ending attempt to explain...is what drives science or propels it forward! But, there must be more.
So he ponders for fifteen long years and delivers a powerful thought provoking book about real stuff surrounding the basics of human existence. Even to his own surprise, he writes something worth leaving behind. A provocative collection of facts, thoughts and suggestions toward getting us to think for ourselves. This book's contents will make a difference. There is a natural desire within each of us, wanting to leave something of value behind to inspire others.This desire resonates very deeply within Sheedy. He writes never to persuade of the things he believes, but on the contrary...to effectively create a forever open channel for us all to examine our own thoughts as we freely learn and trust that it is healthy and productive to question all things. This is the key to finding deeper meaning for ourselves. He realizes the great challenge is to leave our young students, the adults of the future an open card to play. He encourages us to question, discuss, investigate, get quiet and meditate, all the while refraining from being critical or proclaiming we surly have all the right answers. He points the way for us to be far more relevant to current and future imaginations. He shows us that doubts are not to be feared...but highly welcomed and embraced!
Throughout many ages now, all walks of people have attempted to describe the meaning of life. This process is the fruit of freedom's pondering...pointing out the incredible value of free thinking. Perhaps all of us have been searching to define an ultimate truth. The energy of such a truth in our daily living is somewhat elusive to describe because it is beyond the mind. It is floating above the subconscious and reigning above all intellect. It may even be outside of what we consider life's evolution and or creation to be. The suggestion that we can completely and absolutely define life...is not a complete philosophy, because in the end...philosophy is a feeling as well as a concept. An ultimate truth is beyond all of that...floating in another place.
Dr. Ergo realizes that there are many things beyond the mind we simply don't understand. Is there a yellow brick road route to find it? Is there a check point whereby we place self in a ship and float it far down Seger's River? We must abandon self before finding this beautiful truth. It is all about letting go. Ergo realizes the ultimate truth has a sacredness about it...a spiritual calling of such and he secures a way to put his concentration inside it's goodness! This beautiful truth in life hovers overs each of us but it is up to us to find it in our own uniquely journeyed way.
Sheedy's book contains many foundational guidelines and honest stories of his own personal never-ending Don Quixote quest for life's meaning and significance. Practical questions are suggested for all of us to answer as we seek intellectual enhancement and spiritual growth. He simply is asking us to question all things, thus preserving free thinking freedom for future generations. We all have the right to ask ourselves what it truly means to be human on this earth and under this universe. Most importantly, Sheedy helps us to forever discount that we have limits! All of mankind is made up of more than mathematical formulas and experiments. He spins the wheel of self thought and looks deeply into the heart of the matter. He points out many key issues to understanding life in our time. It was influenced by many predecessors. Here, Sheedy offers his meticulous research! He offers the backbone and guts of what we need to know about how life developed here.
Dr. Ergo has a uniquely compelling vision in helping us no longer be passive bystanders in understanding life, but to become our own active choreographers.
The truest essence and value of science, Dr. Ergo has studied his entire life. It lead him to go deeper. As he pondered more and more, he discovered his own truth in living!
I am extremely honored and blessed to know a man that pushes against the limits of understanding! Somehow, he found the time to produce the words between the covers of this first book. It is a masterpiece. The reading public is the benefactor. The atmosphere of Sheedy's writings...restores our expansive optimism that we as well can take time out to look at life's great questions! Be mindful as you start to read. By careful observation, Sheedy spins cosmic mercury, chipping away at the surface and surprising by scraping into the wood underneath to uncover and expose a deeper truth.
So, explore life as Sheedy did. Feel compelled in being uniquely yourself, not because that is all you got...but because that is who you are. He reminds you are all the truth one person can be. It is all the power you need in this life! His book helps us to practice stronger, richer, more creative, curious, more influential filled thinking ourselves! We are all exceedingly fortunate that Dr. Ergo invested in pondering life! Pass it on! Pay It Forward! Share with everyone this amazing writing! Fifteen years of pondering...now every nerve is set aflame in his green forest of forever and everywhere emotion! So...the only question remaining is simply this. What is next, Dr. Ergo?
So, some fluid bluest Pacific Northwest sea, such as the likings of Ergo's pondering and wisdom slowly flowed with purpose of releasing us from the warlock's spell. We ourselves can now question...flowing down Seger's River to the ocean of comprehension of ultimate truth in living. Mornings will forever and everywhere now spill over with joy as we begin finding the truth of living our best life! Rene' Descartes, early 17th century famous statement, "Cogito ergo sum"..."I think, therefore I am"
With his pondering and audacious style of writing his thoughts, Dr. Ergo now enters a more wondrous, beautiful and magic filled journey. He lures himself onward to practice an ultimate truth in living! Dr. Ergo, never ever stop pondering! Your best contributions are yet to come.
From one who experienced Jim Sheedy briefly...but intuitively knows him profoundly! Trudy Amery (Nightingale)
More Review Thoughts:
There is a hidden profound beauty and perhaps chivalric idealism recognized in thinking and pondering deeply. Dr. Ergo knew profoundly that until he could explain our less than, ideally behaved and seemingly imperfect human condition, he could not possibility begin to discover and acknowledge where the meaning of life did reside. He walks us through his thoughts about life. Going down into the rabbit hole, setting time each day to just ponder all of life and living...was the only way to his self discovery. Perhaps, pondering Sheedy style...is a process of evolution itself! So, is the mystery of life looked at as a problem to be solved? Can it become an exciting reality to be experienced? Deepest pondering doesn't necessarily mean life gets easier, but according to Sheedy, it can afford living to become more worthwhile. Dr. Ergo suggest here in his book, pondering, thinking and exploring...it helps us expand the wondrous experience we call life. He illuminates the process of expanding our experience. He suggest we should be pondering life as much as we are living it! Pondering Life...is an audaciously written, beguiling, informative and inspiring story about Sheedy's year to year journey migrating toward his personal bigness of being alive as a thinking individual, a member of the human race, a productive participant in history and firm believer in living our best life. It is this author's audacious hope and desire that his book might inspire us. This is a "street sweeper" of a book filled with Ergo's wisdom as a vision scientist and philosopher filled with questions, experiments and discovery. You will be swept along in his pondering, his passion for making a difference in this life and helping others to discover their own ultimate truth in living. He offers various steps on how to translate our questions into a clear vision to eventually achieve an excellence and fruition of truth in our own lives. Find it, purchase it, read and consume all that breathes within the covers of Sheedy's first book. As you close his book, eagerly pass on his wisdom and his pondering. Hopefully, we all can find and actively indulge in the ultimate truth in life. I hear Sheedy telling us he wants to bask in the endless possibilities of life and hold love in his heart and soul until it feels it will burst from sheer ecstasy. Like him....may we all equally experience LIVING THE ULTIMATE TRUTH THROUGH THE EYES OF LOVE. As an outstanding optometrist and vision scientist, Dr.Jim Sheedy knows fully the thoughts of a blind man. What do blind men see? With their eyes, of course, Sheedy would say...they see total darkness. Yet, according to his ultimate truth discoveries there are many other definitions for the scientific word " see," many of which have nothing to do with perception through the eye. There is more to what the blind man can see...thoughts. The answer to the blind man's question...is that you don't have to see with your eyes to believe and find truth. You can't see it with your eyes yet, but the compelling image of what is possible pulls you forward.
Perhaps, truest and clearest vision begins in the heart.